WEEK 8: 14.03.05.
CHAPTER 16: HEALTH, STRESS, AND COPING
Module 16.3 Coping and WellBeing
Coping refers to the processes used to manage demands, stress, and conflict.
Some approach problem or stressor by taking problemsolving approach – cope
by defining problem and working toward solution
Not all stressors have identifiable solutions
o I.e. emotional coping probably better suited to dealing with losses of loved
Positive Coping Strategies
Positive psychology uses scientific methods to study human strengths and potential.
Optimism is the tendency to have favorable, constructive view of situations and to
expect positive outcomes.
Coping also influenced by resilience, the ability to effectively recover from
illness or adversity
Stress and trauma can also lead to people recognizing and using positive qualities
▯phenomenon called posttraumatic growth, the capacity to grow and
experience longterm positive effects in response to negative events
Meditation, Relaxation, and Biofeedback
Biofeedback is a therapeutic technique involving the use of physiological recording
instruments to provide feedback that increases awareness of bodily responses.
Many people report significant benefits using relaxation and meditation
techniques to cope with stress
o Designed to calm emotional responses and physiological reactions to
Meditation comes in two varieties:
1. Mindfulness, which involves attending to all thoughts, sensations, and
feelings without attempting to judge or control them
2. Concentrative, w